MAKEUP AND HEALTH
Can Makeup Be Hazardous to Your Health?
By ThirdAge News Service
Posted April 28, 2008
Lipstick tainted with lead. Mascara that contains mercury. A hair-straightening treatment that slicks your tresses with protein ... and formaldehyde? As three recent controversies show, sometimes the world of beauty can be downright ugly.
Take the lipstick debate. Last fall, a study gave women reason to worry about their war paint: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 lipsticks for lead, from Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer to L'Oreal Colour Riche.
The group found that 61 percent of the lipsticks tested contained a detectable amount of the contaminant, and several exceeded the Food and Drug Administration's lead limit for candy. More >>
About Alzheimer's and Health Risks from Using Makeup Products
It sounds like a bad science fiction movie: as you slowly open your compact and powder your nose, you realize that the infection is spreading. To your horror, you realize that you have just powdered your nose with a deadly disease. Fade to black...
In reality, things are not nearly that simple, but it is a fact that you could be at risk from many of the cosmetic and personal hygiene products that you use each day.
While the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does attempt to regulate according to national health guidelines what kinds of things you put on your face as well as the items that you put in your mouth, there are many undercover allergens and toxins that sneak in under the radar due either to lax supervision, legal loopholes or deliberate manufacturer coverup.
Some of these toxins lead to inflammations of the skin, but others are linked to serious health issues like cancer and Alzheimer's disease. More >>
Cosmetics and Breast Cancer: Should Teens Ditch the Makeup?
Lead writer: Michael Gollust
Last Updated: November 26, 2008
Could that strawberry-pink blush your teenage daughter rubs on her cheeks every morning be increasing her breast cancer risk? What about the sudsy lavender shower soap you both like?
A controversial new report highlights teen girls' extra vulnerability to environmental contaminants during their crucial adolescent years, and revisits an unsettled debate over whether cosmetics are part of the problem.
So-called hormone disrupters are the toxic troublemakers at the center of this discussion.
These chemicals—found not just in cosmetics but also in pesticides, plastics, and drugs—are thought to mimic hormones such as estrogen when they’re absorbed by the human body. And high, sustained levels of estrogen are linked to the development of breast cancer. More >>